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It was 5 o’clock February 17, 2012 and I was setting at my computer eagerly awaiting the draw results like all my friends and half of Alaska. When I was finally able to pull up the results I could not believe it I had drawn two of my dream hunts, TMA sheep and Kodiak Brown Bear. My home phone and my cell phone starting going off like crazy. I immediately felt a lot of pressure to pull off both these hunts out of respect for the draw and very slim chance that I would ever pull again. I only slept a few hours a night for weeks on end as I combed the internet, read every book I could find, watched every video, talked to every biologist and guide I knew or could track down. Trying to learn out all I could about both hunts, judging sheep/bear, appropriate gear, life cycles etc. I focused on the TMA sheep hunt first as it was coming up first and although I am an avid hunter I had never been on a sheep hunt. With the help of the members of this forum, numerous others and my good friend/hunting partner on August 10 we pulled out a beautiful 41 x 14 ¾ TMA ram on what for me, was the hunt of a lifetime (story and pictures to come on separate post). One down, one to go, now it was time to move on to my bear hunt….
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I really struggled on how to best hunt my bear as I typically like to be on ground when I hunt but, many of the guides on the island kept telling me that I should hunt from a boat as I could see many more bear on the southend of Kodiak by hunting this way. For months I agonized and could not make up my mind but, eventually a very generous boat owner offered up his boat and everything lined up nicely, so off we went on April 26th headed 14 hours out to our hunting grounds. Finally we anchored up at around 1 am in a protected bay and hit the bed in anticipation of starting my bear hunt in less than 5 hours.